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Bay Ridge St Patricks Day Parade

Written on February 4, 2016

Bay Ridge St Patrick’s Day Parade

1pm kick off. The parade will run along 3rd Avenue, starting at Marine Avenue/3rd Ave down to 67st Street.

Bay Ridge St Patricks Day Parade

Bay Ridge St Patricks Day Parade

The Parade Committee would like to proudly announce the honorees for our 2017 Parade:


Grand Marshal, The Very Reverend

Msgr. Kieran Harrington

Vicar for Communications, Diocese of Brooklyn-Queens


Deputy Marshals:

Brian G. Xuereb – AOH Division 12

Kevin Anderson – FDNY

Christopher Byrne – Bay Ridge Businessman

Brendan Lally – Bay Ridge Businessman

Mary Molloy Donnelly – LAOH Division 22

Kelly MacLellan Byrnes – Community & Parade Volunteer

Frances Gillen – Community Volunteer

Kristen Hayes – Catholic Educator

Bay Ridge St Patrick’s Day Parade


Saint Patrick is the patron saint and national apostle of Ireland. St Patrick is credited with bringing christianity to Ireland. Most of what is known about him comes from his two works; the Confessio, a spiritual autobiography, and his Epistola, a denunciation of British mistreatment of Irish christians.

According to different versions of his life story it is said that he was born in Britain, around 385AD. His parents Calpurnius and Conchessa were Roman citizens living in either Scotland or Wales. As a boy of 14 he was captured and taken to Ireland where he spent six years in slavery herding sheep. He returned to Ireland in his 30s as a missionary among the Celtic pagans.

Saint Patrick described himself as a “most humble-minded man, pouring forth a continuous paean of thanks to his Maker for having chosen him as the instrument whereby multitudes who had worshipped idols and unclean things had become the people of God.”

Many folk ask the question ‘Why is the Shamrock the National Flower of Ireland ?’ The reason is that St. Patrick used it to explain the Holy Trinity to the pagans. Saint Patrick is believed to have been born in the late fourth century, and is often confused with Palladius, a bishop who was sent by Pope Celestine in 431 to be the first bishop to the Irish believers in Christ.